The White House situation room

Ostensibly, this is not a particularly exciting photo, but there's something amazingly intense about this photo of the national security team receiving information on the raid that ended the life of Osama bin Laden. Many are already calling this an iconic...


Ostensibly, this is not a particularly exciting photo, but there's something amazingly intense about this photo of the national security team receiving information on the raid that ended the life of Osama bin Laden. Many are already calling this an iconic photo, and I'd have to agree. 

U.S. National Security Team in the situation room

Here's the official caption:

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

[As a side note, this image comes from an official White House photo gallery. You can see more of the photos from May 1, including others related to the raid on bin Laden in this photo gallery.]

-Geoff